Here is what some of the CTAP participants have to say about our program:


“Prior to CTAP, I had all of the initiative and good intentions in the world as I launched what I thought were good resumes at a feverish pace toward job postings. To my dismay, the resumes seemed to go into “black holes” sponsored by corporations and void of feedback. I was beginning to question if my military skills were actually transferable to “corporate America”. The dedicated corps of volunteer human resource personnel, led by Janis Whitaker, did an excellent job of providing an exploded view that detailed the intricacy and relationship of each step or tool necessary to be successful in obtaining a job. I firmly believe that if I had taken this course six months ago, I would already be working in a job that is oriented toward my long-term career goals.”

Steve McClelland, March 2013


“CTAP through VANC is a great class for Service Members who are transitioning back into the workforce.  Service Members will learn to cultivate the “how to’s” of marketing their job skills to employers and it is a skill that is immeasurable.  Finding a job with a culture that compliments you and vice versa is hard to come by.  Especially when you try to factor in your outlook for compensation and vertical growth, the overall task to finding a job could appear difficult.  Although, finding a job isn’t difficult–it’s just competitive.  And my chance to participate in the CTAP classes has helped me to better understand the competition that I have faced as a job seeker.  To the Staff and Volunteers of CTAP, thank you for your time, the resources, and all the work that you have invested to facilitate and support Service Members to transition back to civilian life.”

Cody Khov USMC, April 2012


“CTAP has helped me tremendously. I received one-on-one instruction from facilitators and coaches on how to be better prepared to separate from the Marine Corps and transition into the civilian community. The classes covered everything from job search techniques to interviewing and resumes. They even helped me determine what career path I want to take. I have recommended it to everyone about to separate from the military and will continue to do so.”

1st Sgt John Paul Doring, USMC, March 2012


“My participation in CTAP of VANC has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Seeing the “Aha” look in our participant’s eyes during one of our very interactive and informative modules brings the mission of CTAP of VANC to life. These Veterans gave a lot for our country and as a volunteer facilitator I am trying to give back to our heroes.”

Julia Mira, Branch Manager, Manpower, March 2012


“I just wanted you to drop you a note to tell you how fortunate I felt to be a part of your first CTAP class, I truly believe if more military veterans had the opportunity to be a part of this at the time of our transition, our career fields would be much further ahead, and the emotional impact would not have been as drastic. The information and highly interactive classes were great, but the most important part of this was the human interaction: the examples, the words of encouragement and the ability to see others “in the same boat” and realize we’re really o.k. I think your team has done an excellent job putting together a Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)! It was a very productive and helpful workshop.”

Mary Jane Fisher, US Navy Veteran, March 2012


“I am in the Current CTAP Class and I want to extend my gratitude for everything the volunteers are doing for us. I can honestly say that my decision to transition has been met with a lot more confidence because of everything all the volunteers are doing, Thank you Janis, Thank you Julia, and thank you to all the volunteers, you are truly heroes for your selfless devotion to the program and to the veterans.”

Angel Rodriquez, USMC, June 2012


“Thank you for this program I think it’s great how positive and informing the two classes I’ve been to have already been…definitely giving me the motivation and confidence in my current transitioning process: CTAP Rocks!!!”

Melaen Princessa Dineen, USMC, June 2012


“I wanted to thank you for all of your amazing support during the month of CTAP classes.  I really enjoyed the speakers and absorbed quite a bit of useful information from all of them. Thank you again for the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and exposure to companies looking to hire Veterans.  I am a perfect example of positive results!”

Rebecca R., June 2012


“Bar none, the absolute best transition program I have used to date. The use of professionals in the public sector versus the same tired, worn out lectures that are mandatory for transitioning service members is an invaluable opportunity that should be taken advantage of by anyone planning on separating from the military. Having the opportunity to see the whole process from beginning to end, including job search techniques, interviewing recommendations, networking possibilities, and resume creation and editing has definitely given me better insight into what to expect during the transition period of my career.”

GySgt Eric Olson, USMC, June 2012